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Isokinetic assessment of Rugby League players with groin problems

This chapter describes and compares positive offensive actions, from gain or regain of ball possession up to a shot on target, in order to define patterns of play that could be associated with a team's success. Video recordings were analysed post-event using a hand-notation system. Five European teams were observed and data were collected from 104 goals scored in 44 matches. Statistical procedures involved a Chi-square analysis for independency among observed frequencies of the main actions. A team's ability to win the ball back in its attacking third is a very important ingredient for winning in soccer. The players, after regaining ball possession, must be able to reach the target faster. European top level soccer teams, often win the ball in their attacking third, reveal a short attacking reaction time, involve a few players touching the ball and perform only a few passes. In soccer, a direct style of play seems to lead to a high goal-scoring percentage.